Yet another festival announced (and it’s fabulous); Cursive gets its own beer…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 1:21 pm August 30, 2016
The new beer by Zipline with the essence of Cursive in every bottle...

The new beer by Zipline with the essence of Cursive in every bottle…

by Tim McMahan,

And you thought Maha was the end of Omaha’s festival season. Tsk-tsk…

Yesterday a three-day festival was announced that will have everyone talking…. or drinking. Of course I’m talking about O’Leaversfest Sept. 23-25 at fabulous O’Leaver’s.

Among the festival’s highlights are performances by Cursive, Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship and Saddle Creek band Flowers Forever. Fronted by Derek Pressnall of Tilly and the Wall and Icky Blossoms, Flowers Forever hasn’t played live in a long time (years?). Is this a reunion or the start of FF’s second act? Find out on Sept. 23.

Actually, beyond just being three nights (okay, one night and two afternoons) of music, there’s nothing very festival-y about O’Leaversfest.

And actually, there are two more festivals coming up. You’ve got Femme Fest in Benson this Friday night. I’ll write more about that later this week.

And then there’s Lincoln Calling Oct. 6-8. The LC website is now live at A couple weeks ago LC announced Eros & the Eschaton, Yes You Are and The Lawrence Arms’ Brendan Kelly have been added to the line-up. And while the website now lists who is playing where and on which day, the actual set times won’t be announced until Thursday — this is important for those of us who will be driving from Omaha to see these shows.

This is the first year that Hear Nebraska is producing Lincoln Calling. HN also is involved in Beer Nebraska this year. The fund-raising event (proceeds going to HN), which takes place at Zipline Brewing Company in Lincoln Sept. 24, features performances by Cursive, Criteria, Universe Contest, Better Friend, as well as a Columbia vs Challenge reunion.

And as part of Beer Nebraska, Zipline is producing a special brew called Hoppy Hollow, which apparently tastes exactly like Cursive. Actually, according to HN, “Bursting and blooming with hop aroma and flavor, this session ale is an homage to Cursive’s album Happy Hollow, which was released 10 years ago this month.” Same great taste… Ticket and program info here

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